Another 19 asylum seekers arrested

Another 19 would be asylum seekers were arrested in Wennapuwa and Chilaw late last night as they prepared to head to Australia, the police said today.

The police media unit said that the 13 people aged between 19 and 40 were at a house in Wennapuwa when they were arrested.

All those who were arrested are residents of Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Pudukudiruppu.

The police also arrested a person who had given the people the lodging in Wennapuwa.

Meanwhile another 6 people were arrested in Bangadeniya, Chilaw also from a house late last night.

All those who were arrested are to be produced in court today. Further investigations are underway.